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Edmond Roche, 1st Baron Fermoy

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Edmond Burke Roche, 1st Baron Fermoy (9 August 1815 – 17 September 1874) was an Irish politician in the British parliament and an Irish peer. His direct ancestor was Maurice FitzEdmund Roche, Mayor of Cork, who died in 1593.[1]

Edmond Burke Roche
Born9 August 1815
County Cork, Ireland
Died17 September 1874(1874-09-17) (aged 59)
Trabolgan, County Cork, Ireland
Title1st Baron Fermoy
Known forGreat-great-grandfather of Diana, Princess of Wales
OfficesLord Lieutenant of County Cork
SuccessorEdward Roche, 2nd Baron Fermoy
Elizabeth Caroline Boothby
(m. 1848; his death 1874)
ParentsEdward Roche
Margaret Honoria Curtain

Early lifeEdit

Edmond Roche was born on 9 August 1815 in County Cork, Ireland, the son of Edward Roche (1771–1855) and his wife Margaret Honoria Curtain (1786–1862).[1] He was named in honour of his distant relative Edmund Burke (1729–1797).


He was elected to the House of Commons for County Cork in 1837, a seat he held until 1855 (Repeal later Whig), and then represented Marylebone between 1859 and 1865 (Liberal). In 1855, he became Steward of the Chiltern Hundreds for the Liberal Party. From 1856 to 1874, he also served as Lord Lieutenant of County Cork.[2]


In 1865, he was raised to the Peerage of Ireland as Baron Fermoy by Queen Victoria. After his death in 1874, he was succeeded in the barony by his eldest son, Edward Roche, 2nd Baron Fermoy (1850–1920).[1] James Burke Roche, 3rd Baron Fermoy (1852–1920), who succeeded his sonless brother in 1920, was also their son.

Personal lifeEdit

On 22 August 1848 Edmond Roche married Elizabeth Caroline Boothby (1821–1897), daughter of James Brownell Boothby (1791–1850), of Twyford Abbey, and his wife Charlotte Cunningham (1799–1893). Together, they were the parents of:[3][4]

He died on 17 September 1874 at his residence Trabolgan House, County Cork, aged 59, and was buried in a mausoleum in Corkbeg graveyard, Whitegate, County Cork.[4][5]



Lord and Lady Fermoy's grandson Edmund Roche, 4th Baron Fermoy (1885–1955), was the maternal grandfather of Diana, Princess of Wales.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d Dod, Esq., Robert P. (1862). The Peerage, Baronetage, and Knightage, of Great Britain and Ireland for 1862. London: Whittaker and Co. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  2. ^ Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage, and Companionage. Kelly's Directories. 1884. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Edmund Burke Roche, 1st Baron Fermoy (1815-1874), Politician; Lord Lieutenant of Cork". National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire. Burke's Peerage Limited. 1914. p. 772. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  5. ^ Fox-Davies, Arthur Charles (1929). Armorial families: a directory of gentlemen of coat-armour. Hurst & Blackett, ltd. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  6. ^ Bradford, Sarah (2007). Diana. Penguin. ISBN 9781101533246. Retrieved 21 August 2017.

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